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Newswrap
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Our main evening newscast. Weekdays 18:00 - 19:00.
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2018-04-18
Newswrap

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‘Cooling-off’ period mulled for fitness, beauty contracts  Listenfacebook
Consumers who sign on to long contracts for services from beauty parlours or fitness centres may in future be given a chance to reconsider... The government is planning to introduce a mandatory 'cooling-off' period where customers can cancel such agreements even after they sign on the dotted line. But officials say for now, this consumer-protection measure will only be considered for these two specific industries – which have been the target of many complaints in recent years over the alleged use unscrupulous sales tactics. DAB lawmaker Holden Chow told RTHK's Priscilla Ng that the proposal is a step in the right direction:
New lenses ‘effective’ in controlling short-sightedness  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Polytechnic University say they've invented a new spectacle lens that can help slow the progress of short-sightedness, or myopia, in children. They tested out the new lens on 79 short-sighted children aged between 8 and 13 and found that after two years, they showed an average of two-thirds less myopic progression than a control group. The researchers say they also found that myopia stopped progressing altogether in one in five children who wore the glasses throughout the study. Professor To Chi-ho, the head of the university's School of Optometry, explained to Jim Gould how the glasses work:
Stem-cell tech used to test heart drug  Listenfacebook
Scientists at Hong Kong University have successfully tested out the effectiveness of a type of heart medicine – without having to actually give the drug to any patient. Instead, they took skin cells from a group of patients who suffer from a rare hereditary heart disease; converted them into stem cells; and then grew heart tissue from them. They then tried out the drug directly on these cultured cells. Professor David Siu led the study. He told Wendy Wong the same process can be used to treat patients with other types of genetic illnesses:
CIA chief secretly meets with North Korean leader  Listenfacebook
It's emerged that the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo recently travelled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un – a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the two sides prepared for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim within the next few months. Trump told reporters that the US and North Korea were holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit. He said five locations were under consideration for the meeting, which was slated to take place by early June. Jim Gould asked our Seoul correspondent Frank Smith about the significance of the latest developments: